Archive for February, 2010

Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

Beetroot is beautiful, isn’t it?  Such an incredibly vibrant colour.  Shame it tastes so nasty! Fellow beetroot haters, do no dismiss the following recipe due to its inclusion of the cloyingly sweet root vegetable.  Indeed, this very sugary-ness is what makes beetroot work so well in these rich, moist and utterly decadent chocolate muffins. Chocolate Beetroot Muffins [...]

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More snow!

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Frozen Elixir

So I haven’t been at all well this past week.   It was one of those awful hacking, wheezing, sneezing, pounding, aching illnesses that had me seeing life in greyscale and just would not get any better.  Come day seven of it (today) I was seriously fed up and ready to apply for an upper body [...]

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Amsterdam in Winter

I’ve been to Amsterdam four times now.  Previous vists have always been in the summer months where we’ve lazed in parks, sat on terraces and wandered the streets for hours on end.  It was always lovely but I never did fall in love with the city in the same way I did with Stockholm or Madrid or New [...]

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See you all next week. 

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Crispy, Crunchy Onion Rings

  I don’t deep-fry things very often.  This is partly because if I did I’d likely be very fat but mostly because vats of hot oil scare me.  Quite a lot. When I was a kid, everyone on our street had a deep fat fryer but now I can’t think of a house I know [...]

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Polenta al Forno

I’ve made this successfully with home-made and with pre-made polenta before.  The former was unsurprisingly the best but I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at the latter on a cold, wet February day. Polenta al Forno (serves 2 with salad) 200g home-made or pre-made set polenta, cut into 1 cm thick slices or circles 300g [...]

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Antidote for a hard day/week/term?  Watching my pup play in  the firth as the sun goes down.

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